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Material Methods

Material Methods
Researching and Thinking with Things

First Edition

November 2019 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How do you research materiality and material culture? 

How do you use material ‘things’ to research social life? 

Exploring a range of tools and approaches, Material Methods: Researching and Thinking with Things is a practical and inspiring guide to researching the material world. Covering the full research process, from planning your project to analysing your data, this book:

  • Explores a range of interdisciplinary methods.
  • Brings complex ideas to life with detailed case studies and examples.
  • Helps you to think critically and creatively about your research.

It is essential reading for students and researchers across the social sciences and humanities who are interested in researching materiality or using material culture in their research. 

1 Introduction
2 Orienting Yourself to Things
3 Object Interviews and Elicitations
4 Provocative Methods: Cultural Probes and Arts-based Methods
5 Understanding Things-in-Relations: Surface Assemblages, Inventories and Interviews
6 Follow the Things
7 Ethnographic Approaches
8 Analyzing, Writing and Disseminating

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